Three Rivers News, 2005-04-25
MONDAY, APRIL 25, 2005

Cub Scout Pack 111 spent a beautiful Sunday exploring the Civil Defense Center building in Milo. They saw the room where the National Weather Service computer is stored, the bomb shelter rooms, and the office of the Three River News. They watched the paper being printed and helped to staple the editions together.

From left to right: Jarod Webb, Conner Webb, Dustin Jones, Zackary Lewis and Emy Chadbourne.

From left to right: Dustin Jones, Zackary Lewis, Jarod Webb, Conner Webb

From left to right: Conner Webb, Dustin Jones, Jarod Webb, Zackary Lewis.


The dedicated gazebo crew spent Sunday shingling the roof.

A hardy group of tennis players got in a few sets
*Thanks to Karen Horne for these two photos.

The Middle School Student Council at Penquis Valley has been busy having fund-raisers to benefit the school and to earn money for the student council to attend the State Convention at Maine Maritime Academy in Castine next month.

They have held dances and sold pizza and soda at the middle school home basketball games. They will be having a dance for the 6th and 7th graders on May 6 and they plan to have a car wash and bottle drive in May.

On Saturday, April 30, they will be holding a Rummage Sale at the Milo Town Hall from 9 a.m. to noon. Residents are encouraged to do some spring cleaning and bring items you no longer wish to use to the Milo Town Hall on Friday evening, April 29. The Student Council will appreciate all donations. They will also be having a bake sale at this time.

Dear Students:
Can you believe it is time to have your senior photos done?
Well, IT IS!!!!
I am starting to book up my summer schedule with senior pictures. July and August are a wonderful time to get out doors and have a fun time taking your pictures. I have several different price ranges to accommodate all of your needs. Please feel free to contact me so we can tailor your photo session to your needs.

37 Elm St, Milo

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On Our Weigh, sponsored by Healthy Maine Partnerships in conjunction with MSAD#41 Wellness Committee, invites you to join us every Tuesday from 3-4 p.m. at Milo Elementary School. We weigh in, share ideas, recipes, and tips to smooth the path to a healthy lifestyle. We have a monthly dollar challenge and walking time in the gym. Anyone can join, free of charge, at any time. We also have great speakers!

Featured speakers for the month of May include:

May 3, Cindy Herbest: WHAT IS YOGA?
Have you seen an article on Yoga, or viewed a session on t.v. and wondered, "What is yoga?", and "Would yoga be good for me?" When we observe this age-old practice, we envision people twisting their bodies into unimaginable positions, chanting, and then sitting or lying still....doing nothing! For many, this can discourage or intimidate.

On Our Weigh" has invited Cindy Herbest, local fitness instructor, to hold a special Yoga Presentation. Cindy will, through oral and hands on, help us to understand yoga and it's many benefits. "My goal is to correct your misconceptions and ideas so that you don't miss out on this experience. Yoga is for you!", encourages Herbest.

May 10: Tracy Gray: Curves
Curves is the first facility designed for women to offer 30 minute fitness and common sense weight loss with the support of a community of women. The Curves workout allows women of all ages and fitness levels to combine strength and cardio training through hydraulic resistance. Curves also offers weight management counseling featuring a breakthrough, scientifically proven method to raise metabolic rate and end the need for perpetual dieting.

Tracy's presentation will include a demonstration with one of the pieces of equipment used at Curves, and an opportunity to find out your body mass index. We will also be offering a one month membership to Curves free to a lucky winner!!

May 24: Marian McLellan, Nutritionist, Mayo Regional Hospital
Have you noticed that Oprah has finally been able to keep her weight within a healthy range? Do you know how she manages? She has a personal trainer to motivate her to exercise, and a personal chef to cook healthy, delicious meals.

While we can't offer either of these, we have invited Marian McLellan to speak about nutrition and good eating habits. Learn about portion control, low-fat, low-carb, low-calorie cooking, and which is the right plan for you.

The Milo Recreation Dept. offers a new session of fitness. Starting Wed.,. May 4th.
Two classes will be offered at the Milo Town Hall. From 5:15pm - 6:00pm will be Cardio Craze. Burn calories and strengthen muscles with kick boxing, floor aerobics and more. Please bring hand weights.

Yoga will be held from 6:00 - 7:00. Now is the time to experience something that could change not only the way you feel, but how you move through your day. Stretch, strengthen, relax and renew!

The 8-week course will run through June 22.
Cardio Craze - $20.00 Walk-in fee of $3.00
Yoga - $35.00 Walk-in fee of $6.00
Take both classes for $48.00 and save!!!

Any questions please call Cindy Herbest @ 943-2630

The Sports Corner
Careys Attend Final Four and NCAA Championship
St Louis-Coach David Carey and his son, 1000-point scorer Matt, attended the college's Final Four and the NCAA Championship game held at the Edward Jones Dome, home of the NFL's St Louis Rams in that city, seeing Michigan State, Louisville, Illinois, and North Carolina. Some 31,500 fans turned out for a practice alone. And 46,000 fans attended each of the three games.

Three stages were set up in the streets of the city with radio entertainers and groups from the four colleges got together in different sections to do chants of victory.

Leaving at the airport, the Careys had the same gate as NC, which had a chartered jet. Matt got Shawn May to sign the bill of his cap, a thrill for Matt, a lifetime NC fan.

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Seen here are Jordan Allen and Devin Perkins who represented PVHS at the McDonald's All Star Game
at Husson College in Bangor.

Seen here is Kate Hamlin who represented PVHS at the McDonald's All Star game at Husson College in Bangor.

Barany Chessa Completes Third Boston Marathon
Boston, April 18-A former three-sport star at PVHS and the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Chessa Jr. of Milo, Barany Chessa, completed her third running of the 109th Boston Marathon with a net time of 4:40:13. Some 20,405 runners ran in one of the greatest sporting events of the world.

Barany's mother Susan and Linda Rhoda were on hand to support her. After the run, Barany was extremely hungry, according to her mom. Barany raised more than $3,000 for cystic fibrosis in her run.

One sure way to be a winner is to say " I never win anything." That's what grand prize winner in the P.E.T.S. Spring raffle said. Alan Monroe of Milo displays his gift certificate for Bar Harbor Motel’s two nights with four dinners getaway. Melissa Adams of Hermon won second prize – an acrylic painting of a young fox by artist Suzette East of Brownville.

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Compensation Components: Restricted Stock
Shelley Phillips-Mills
Financial Consultant, AAMS
A.G. Edwards & Sons, Inc.
Key Plaza
23 Water Street
Bangor, Me 04401
207-947-5456 or 1-800-947-5456
fax: 207-945-3978

We all know compensation comes in many forms – not just your salary – and may include health care benefits, paid vacation and bonuses. Depending on the company you work for, and in many cases what position you hold, a portion of your compensation may come in the form of restricted stock. If you have been awarded restricted stock as part of your pay package, there are a few things you should know about how it works.

Unlike stock options, which give you the opportunity to purchase a set amount of shares at a predetermined price, with restricted stock you actually receive shares of the company. This type of stock is granted directly from the company to you, without being registered by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Because the stock has not been registered, it cannot be sold on the public market, which makes it restricted.

Ownership of restricted stock is much like vesting in your retirement plan – you can gain full ownership of your shares either all at once or a bit at a time. You typically have to hold this type of security for a set amount of time that typically varies from one to five years, before you obtain full ownership rights. However, during the vesting period, many restricted stockholders receive dividend payments and retain full voting privileges for their shares. During the time you are restricted from selling your shares, you are at risk of forfeiting your shares if you terminate employment and the company has the right to repurchase the shares they gave you. Once the shares vest, you will recognize ordinary income tax on the full value of the shares and must pay the taxes before the shares are delivered to you.

Once you have obtained the full rights to the restricted shares you hold, there are typically conditions that must be met before you can sell them. You must have held the shares for at least one year. You may be limited in the amount of stock you can sell within a certain period of time – generally you cannot sell more than one percent of the outstanding shares of the stock during a 90-day period. In addition, the company granting the stock must be current on all of their SEC filings and you must complete and file appropriate documentation before selling the shares.

In order to be cleared for sale, you must also obtain consent from the company who granted the restricted shares to you. When you have met all of these conditions, the bank or financial institution that handles the stock for the issuing corporation – called a transfer agent – can clear your shares for sale. The transfer agent will remove a “legend” that appears on your shares identifying them as restricted. This will allow you to sell the shares in a routine transaction on the open market, usually using a brokerage firm.

There are many complexities to holding restricted stock, but there are obvious benefits as well. If you hold this type of security, or have recently been granted shares as part of an employee compensation package, talk with your financial consultant about how to handle them. If you would like to receive the publication, Managing the Wealth you’ve Accumulated in One Security, by A.G. Edwards & Sons, Inc., please contact financial consultant, Shelley Phillips-Mills in Bangor at 800-947-5456.
This article provided by A.G. Edwards & Sons, Inc. Member SIPC.

Jordan Allen
Heather Anthony
Candice Beaudoin
Derek Brewer
Erin Beasley
Elyse Kahl
Jessica LaMunyon
Crystal Sanborn
Elizabeth Comeau
Samantha Ellis
Danielle Graves
Drew Hamlin
Katherine Hamlin
Hilary London
Michelle Mulherin
Krystle Parkman
Devin Perkins
Mayra Portillo
Lindsay Small
Tiffany Sprague
Ashley Williams

Kelsey Drake
Jennifer Hartmann
Christina Gerrish
Kylie Palmer
Tyler Herbst
Elizabeth Lemik
Jamie Perkins

Krystle LEavitt
Jessica Metros
Noah Bissell
Nycole Carey
Haley Flanders
Kyle Gero
Lucas Knapp
Ryan Madden
Cheryl Roesing

8th Grade
Ryan Bailey
Caitlin Ballard
Bruce Benoit
Joseph Leland
Erica Lyford
Asa Sproul
Adam Brewer
Nichelle Carpenter
Shelisha Clark
Tyler Elsenheimer
Kristopher Foss
Logan Greenlaw
Aaron Herbst
Paige McGuinness
Emily Mills
Stephen Morse
Brittney Newbert
Kelsey Ottmann
Morgan Royal
Kasey Sherburne
Randi Smith
Jonathan Spencer
Ashley Stanhope
Kayla Webb
Shane Woodard

7th Grade
Michelle Bucci
Rachel Emery
Ethan Herrell
Kiel Larson

The History of Milo, 1802-1948, Part 3
By Sue Perrigo Jenkins (Submitted by Seth Barden)
The bridge over the Piscataquis which terminated the Sargent Hill road was washed away. Traffic to the south was then set across the river by a ferry about a mile down stream. This ferry passed into disuse only a few years ago. Wishing a more direct route southward, the third covered bridge was built, still another mile down stream and was operated as a toll bridge until about 1870 when it was made free. These relics of a more leisurely mode of travel have been replaced by structures more in keeping with the march of progress.
We have seen the coming of farmers, mechanics, and trades people to this flourishing new town, which early in its fourth decade had more stores than any other settlement in the county except the twin towns of Foxcroft and Dover.
Allen Monroe (Munroe), great grandfather of H. Allen Monroe, opened the third store in town.

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After the mechanics and trades people had laid the foundation for future growth and prosperity the professions followed, doctors, lawyers, teachers, clergymen. The pioneers of Methodism penetrated these settlements early, establishing circuits. Milo was doubtless served by the one from Dover to Howland. In 1836 a circuit rider, Elder Richards, moved to Milo and remained until his death. After the B.& A. Shops came to Derby, the Methodists built a chapel on Daggett Street which did not prove to be a permanent success. The beautiful Methodist Church on Park Street was erected in 1912.

In 1827 a FreeWill Baptist Church was organized. The Baptists, holding slightly differing tenents, organized in 1840 with a membership of 12. In 1853 these churches together perfected the edifice, today the home of the Christian Science Church. Prominent in this new venture were William Owen, who signed notes for its financing, and Stephen Snow deeding the land for the church and the schoolhouse adjoining, a part of the original square mile of land taken up by the Snow brothers. Services were alternated weekly between the two societies until the erection of a church of their own by the Baptists, dedicated in 1886. In 1913 the movement to unite was voted in Milo and the denomination as we know it today was consummated.

The coming of the B.& A. Shops brought St. Paul's Catholic and St. Joseph's Episcopal churches to Derby. These are missions of the churches at Brownville Junction.

In 1907 the Christian Science Society gathered at the home of Paul P. Peaked on Crescent Street. Outgrowing the private house, services were next held in the old Masonic Hall until the purchase in 1914 of their present quarters.

The oldest school house still standing is, with some alterations and the addition of a wing, the building next to the Science Church. Milo's native octogenarians received their High School instruction in one of its two rooms. The first school fund was raised by the sale of land which had been reserved for public purposes, realizing the sum of $ 1300.00 . Later $100.00 was raised by the town. A High School was maintained whenever possible, the first free high school being opened in 1872. 1893 saw a splendid expansion in the schools, when the present grammar school building was built to house the "Intermediate" and "Grammar" schools on the ground floor, each in one room, and the High School upstairs, under George Gould as Principal and one assistant. In 1895 the first formal graduation exercises were held, Carroll Ramsdell, who was a selectman for many years, was a member of this class. Six graduated in 1895, in 1948 there were 52!

One bit of land "reserved for public purposes" which was not turned into cash, was a plot of land just next to the drugstore, where the World War II Honor Roll is standing. This was reserved, never to be sold for building purposes, for a "hitching place" and within recent memory, still bore the iron rings to which the horses were tied. (CONTINUED NEXT WEEK)

Traditions of a Milo-ite
Wow! The bridal shower was awesome! The cousins dressed in lovely spring outfits and headed for the coast.

Newburyport, MA is the kind of town you see in the magazines or on travelogues. I didn't have to do the driving so spent lots of time gawking out the window at the absolutely beautiful old homes in that seaport town. Those homes were incredible. Down a little narrow street heading towards the piers we found the Newburyport Arts Association. The building was nestled in amongst some buildings that had little signs on them that said, "Built in the 1700's." The sidewalk was of cobblestone ....possibly brick...I can't remember which, but I remember it was somewhat uneven for those of us tottering along on high heels.

Arriving a little early, we found the bride's good friends scurrying around putting the last minute touches on all of the preparations. One of the bride's friends is a clever party planner so the friends had a head start on "fabulous" with her expertise. The gallery was showcasing Russian works of art from Zelenogorsk, Siberia in Russia. Zelenogorsk is Newburyport's sister city. We enjoyed studying the art work with a glass of wine and fabulous hors d'oeuvres while we awaited the bride's arrival.

There was an intimate dining room set up with dining tables and a buffet table. The linens were black and the napkin rings were tiny little wooden artist's palettes daubed with festive colors. A ribbon attached to the bottom of the little palette encircled the napkin. Shiny silver paint cans that were decorated with a copy of a beautiful painting, and filled with fresh purple tulips were the centerpieces. They were absolutely beautiful. Flanking each paint can centerpiece were glass jars cleverly filled half way with tiny rocks. Each jar's rocks were a different vivid color. Well used artist's paint brushes were left haphazardly standing in each jar....perfectly depicting a busy painter's studio.

The dinner, an Italian buffet with four wonderful pasta dishes, tempted us. A big antipasto salad and delicious rolls completed the meal. The cake was delicious and the dessert table also had cookies, fresh fruit and whipped cream for a choice. The girls had thought of everything, including a nice coffee station set up and brewing a fresh pot of jo to go with desserts.

As the bride opened her gifts each giver was asked to tell a funny story about her. The stories ranged from babyhood to schoolgirl to college and beyond stories. The groom's mother got lots of new info on her future daughter-in-law. One of the bridesmaids fashioned a lovely bonnet for the bride to wear out of ribbons and netting that adorned her gifts. I wrapped my lobster pot themed gift in a large piece of bright red netting. The netting flowed down the back of the homemade bonnet just like a veil. The bride looked so cute in that hat!

The shower was certainly the highlight of the weekend, but we had lots of fun with the cousins at home both before and after we girls went to the shower. Just getting together is enough for us usually, although we do have a great time when we have an exciting activity. We did get a chance to run to the Pineapple Gift Shop that I love....finding myself a new bracelet and earrings to wear to the wedding with my new dress.

We didn't get to New Hampshire until 9:00 last Friday night. The best laid plans often go awry...and last Friday wasn't an exception to that rule. We ate well, though, as we always do when we get together. Joan had fixed a pasta dish and eggplant parmesan for dinner Friday night. A wonderful salad with a special dressing, a loaf of french bread with dipping sauce, and a couple of bottles of wine went well with our birthday party meal. Joan topped the meal off with flan for dessert, which was elegant. We all fell exhausted into bed after the dinner, the presents and the cleanup.

Saturday dawned beautiful. The fellows racked and helped Ray get his yard cleaned up. It was definitely a productive weekend for them. They plotted a grocery shopping trip and planned a wonderful dinner for themselves while we "girls" were gone to the shower. I think they had a great time doing the "guy" thing and getting us out of their hair for the evening. I knew my husband would be wide awake no matter what time we returned. He didn't disappoint me. He's pretty predictable. I'm sure there must have been a Red Sox game on the television to occupy him....although we were in Yankee country....the guys wearing opposing baseball caps most of the weekend.

Sunday morning I got breakfast for all of us. Joan tells me that she feels guilty having me make one of the meals....she told me if I'd ever make a dud she'd refuse to let me do it. The good breakfasts just keep coming, and this one wasn't an exception.

I made Puffy Apple Pancake.
1/3 cup butter
1 cup all-purpose flour
4 eggs
1 cup milk

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1/2 tsp. salt
1 can (21 ounce) apple pie filling
toasted walnuts (if desired)

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Put the butter in a 10" ovenproof skillet and put it in the oven until it's melted. In a large mixing bowl, beat the flour, eggs, milk and salt until smooth. Don't let the butter burn! Pour the melted butter into the batter, leaving about 1 Tbs. in the skillet to swirl around to coat the pan . Mix the melted butter into the batter until it's blended. Pour the batter into the hot skillet and bake for 15 - 20 minutes or until edges are golden brown.

In a small saucepan, warm the pie filling over low heat until it's heated through. Pour into the center of the puffy pancake. Sprinkle with toasted walnuts if you wish. Serve immediately...I served it with a small pitcher of maple syrup. The recipe says it is four servings, but I cut it in 6 wedges and it was plenty.....and it was delicious.

Did you know a lady named Doris “Betty” Elizabeth Bailey Stanchfield ? I never knew her, but I know she was remarkable because her grandchildren, Valerie Robertson and Joel Vail, told me so. I knew her through them because she was an avid reader, and Val came into the library to take out an armload of books every week for her to read. She read a great variety of books, and Val knew her grandmother read all the books she took to her because “Grammie” told her the stories in detail. We enjoyed hearing about this keen elderly lady who enjoyed our collection and helped our circulation. Most of the time she could read books with regular type, but now and then she needed large print books, and thanks to patrons who had given us large print gift books we could accommodate her needs.

Several months ago Betty went to Hermon to stay with her son, Lawrence, as she could no longer live alone. We missed her but had news of her activities through Val and Joel. We were very sorry to hear of her death early this month. However, last week Val came into the library with three boxes of large print books that had been Betty’s previously. They were recent titles in excellent condition, and we were very pleased to receive them. The library staff decided to put a book plaque into each one in memory of Betty. Our patrons who enjoy large print books will have the pleasure of knowing that these books came to the library from Betty.

The addition of Betty’s books expands our large print collection once again. If you or someone you know needs the help of larger type, please remember the library has a collection of large print books. Of course, we don’t have as many as the Bangor Public Library but we can ILL(Interlibrary Loan) large print books from them as easily as we ILL other books, thus putting any title from their larger collection of large print books into your hands within 2-3 days (if available at that time).

These are the titles of the books Val brought us in memory of her grandmother.

Clark, Mary Higgins NIGHTTIME IS MY TIME
Coulter, Catherine THE SCOTTISH BRIDE
Delinsky, Barbara THE SUMMER I DARED
Follett, Ken JACKDAWS
Grafton, Sue “P” IS FOR PERIL
Grisham, John BLEACHERS
Grisham, John THE SUMMONS
Harper, Karen SHAKER RUN
Johansen, Iris FIRESTORM
Koontz, Dean THE TAKING
Lewis, Beverly THE SACRIFICE
Lewis, Beverly & David SANCTUARY
Miller, Linda Lael DON’T LOOK NOW

Petersen, Tracie LAND OF THE HEART
Roberts, Nora THREE FATES
Steel, Danielle JOURNEY
Steel, Danielle LONE EAGLE
Steel, Danielle SECOND CHANCE

Library Winter Hours
Saturday 2:00-4:00
Telephone 943-2612

Editors Note: Thank you so much for this wonderful tribute to my Grammie. She would have been so pleased.

The Milo Free Public Library is such a town treasure. I remember as a small child walking the distance from Grandpa and Grammie’s house on Stoddard Hill down to the library to return and take out books. At that time the limit was two books, which it still is for younger patrons I believe. I remember the unique excitement I felt each and every tiime I began a new story. I would lie in my bed upstairs at Grandpa and Grammie’s and read until “lights out”, then read for an extra hour or two by the light coming through the window from the streetlight that was directly in front of the house.

Each book was a wonderful adventure and thanks to the Milo Free Public Library.

I found it hard at times to come up with six or seven books every week for Grammie to read. The “Gals” at the library would always help by suggesting titles they thought she would like and every time, she did!

One of Grammie’s favorite genres to read was American history related novels. She loved to read of strong, determined women and particularly Sacagawea of Lewis and Clark fame. Imagine how surprised and happy she was when I took her her weekly supply of books and was able to give her a Lewis and Clark bookmark, courtesy of The Milo Public Library. These little “extras” are a common service at our town library. If you haven’t been there for a while, drop in and check out (no pun intended) the books, computers, magazines and of course, Judy and Pam. There is no place like our library!!

Book sales benefit everyone. When they are held in the spring they are a perfect place to take your spring-cleaning surplus. Hard covers, paperbacks, magazines and even audio and videotapes are part of many book sale inventories. These sales benefit special organizations like historical societies, animal shelters and of course, libraries

This June, the Milo Free Public Library will hold a book sale to benefit its younger readers. Dragons, Dreams and Daring Deeds is the theme for this year’s Summer Reading Program. Proceeds from the sale will enhance the program whose youthful membership continues to grow every year.

If you would like to donate paperbacks, children’s stories or any other books in good condition please contact the Milo Free Public Library at 943-2612 or drop donations off during library hours, Monday, Wednesday or Friday-2-8 and Saturday, 2-4.

Thank you to all who have already made donations. You will be making many young book lovers very happy.


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Italy Trip Part 7
Feb. 2 Wed. Up at 6:15 We had an early departure (8 AM) from the hotel. We arrived at Pompeii about 9:15. Although I had been to Pompeii before, it was in an entirely different section so I still found it interesting. Our guide said it was highly unusual for Vesuvius to have snow. I found that odd since it was snow covered two years ago when were here. A woman asked how often he had seen it. He said it has only been in the past three years. He said it had snowed in Naples this winter for the first time in recorded history. The day was sunny and cold. The wind blew down the streets of Pompeii and I was glad I had dressed warmly. We returned to the hotel in time for lunch. We ate the leftovers from last night. (Steff, Mary, the Sargents, Dud and me)

We met Kelley and Eric, Renee and Paul near the hospital for our walk down to the fishing village at the base of the cliff. Renee, Kelly, Steff and Mary waded in the water for pictures. They had to be careful because there was a lot of shells and glass in the water. When we returned I remembered a different route from two years ago so we had a short cut. One thing we saw made me feel good. There are a lot of stray dogs in Sorrento. I noticed they looked well fed. They were all very friendly and liked to be made of. I wondered how they were fed. Well, we passed by the back of a number of restaurants on our return trip and there were large bowls where cats and dogs were being fed. After stopping for a gelato or Italian ice cream I returned to the hotel.

At 4 Kelley, Eric, Steff, Mary, Dud and I walked to a grocery store where Dud got some salt for his sore throat. We also found the location of the Mayflower Restaurant where we would have a dine around meal paid for by Grand Circle. We returned to the ceramic shop near the hotel for another look and found they were still closed for siesta. While we were standing there discussing what to do, the owner came and opened up. We went inside but I couldn’t find anything I thought Janet would like.

At 6 I went to a lecture by an American woman who married an Italian and has lived in Italy for many years. She spoke about the adjustments she had to make. She found she was automatically a citizen by marrying an Italian man. It doesn’t work the same for a man marrying an Italian woman. She said the most difficult thing for her was the slower pace of life. It was not unusual for a building application to take 5 years for approval. She said most Italians just build what they want and pay the fine. All the houses are made of stucco and are in shades of pale yellow to orange. The shutters are either green or brown. Fernanda told me that the colors are dictated by law for all old buildings so that they will blend into the surroundings. Since most buildings are old here with additions added to them, they all follow the rule. At 7 sixteen of us walked to the Tasso Restaurant for a dine around meal provided by Grand Circle. We had our choice of three restaurants and had two nights to use our vouchers. I had minestrone soup, veal scaloppini with vegetables and potato baked

to get us waited on and out. Most restaurants in Italy will not bring a check unless you ask for it. It is considered rude. I reported this restaurant to Fernanda and she said she would pass the information on the Grand Circle. After dinner we walked to an English pub and found it closed. We decided to go the Irish pub again and I had a Sambucca liqueur (licorice flavored drink). Later Fernanda, Stefania and Gulio the guide for a third GCT group which had just finished touring Sicily all joined us. They showed me the Italian way to ‘drink’ Sambucca. The Sambucca is set on fire. You lick your finger and dip it in the drink. When you bring it out it is on fire, but it doesn’t burn because the alcohol burns as such a low temperature. Then you lick your finger to put out the fire. Everyone had fun with my drink!! Returned to the hotel and went to bed by 10:45.

From Milo Elementary School:
The staff and students of Milo Elementary will be talking and learning about healthy snacks for the next two weeks. In determining healthy snacks two nutrients need special attention: FAT and SUGAR. It is recommended that parents use the 5+15 rule. This means choosing foods with no more than 5 g of fat and 15 g of sugar per serving. There are exceptions to the sugar rule and those are milk, calcium fortified fruit juices and fresh fruit. These have high amounts of natural sugars, but have many vitamins, minerals and calcium that are vital for a child's growth. Each class has a particular color on which to base their snack. What color is your child's class?

Classes will be talking about snacks and will actually be choosing a snack to help prepare for the Community Walk and Tasting that will be held on May 2 . The walk will begin at the school and will go around town at a leisurely pace. Following the walk, students and family members will be tasting some of the snacks. There will also be a cookbook created called
a Rainbow of Snacks for ME ( Milo Elementary).

VOLUNTEER PARENTS or family members are needed to work with the classes to prepare the snacks. The Mainely Nutrition Program has provided funding for the ingredients for the snacks. Please call Mrs. Beres if you can volunteer to help with the snacks.

The walk will begin at 6:00 at the school. There will be a rain date if the weather is rainy. In the past we have had a wonderful turnout for our walk. Hope to see lots of families there. Students must be accompanied by a parent or adult family member.

FROM MATT IN MALI April 21, 2005
Dear everyone,
I am back in the city until Friday because out in-service training is finished. I would have to say that overall it went very well and I am definitely more focused on what I need to do to successfully implement projects that I have in mind. I’m ready to get back to village and will be taking the night train to Kayes on Friday. Having been away from village for three weeks seems like much longer and I am anxious to get back.

Last weekend I had the chance to visit my host family from training, which was an amazing experience for me. I think that they were just as excited to see me as I was to see them. I gave them a lot of photos, tea, sugar, and bread, and they were very pleased with all of it. I found myself able to communicate very well with all of the members of my family, which I was unable to do during training because my Bambara was at a very low level. However, this time I was able to chat with my host father, Abdoulaye, who only speaks Bambara, and it was an experience that I will never forget. They were probably as equally happy as I was that we could share a conversation. It
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was also great to get back and see all of the children in my family, and it made me realize how fortunate I was to have been placed with such incredible people. Without them, I am not sure if I would have been able to make it through the first three months living here, which in retrospect have definitely been the hardest thus far. The bond that we formed is unlike any other bond that I have shared with anyone outside of my immediate family.

Here is a picture of a field of trash that people regularly rummage is in Bamako

Life in Mali in general is going pretty well. It is very, very hot in the middle of the day, which leaves most people unable to get anything done. Last night I slept on the roof of the house and woke up at about 6am completely drenched in sweat...ridiculously hot. However, in a couple of months the rainy season will begin, which is when everyone heads out to the fields to plant their crops for the following year. Rainy season is basically going to prohibit me from traveling very far outside of my village because there is going to be so much water and mud that the road will be nearly impassable, especially by bike. About a month ago it rained really hard for about an hour in my village, and there was so much mud that you could barely walk around. So I figured that if I multiply that hour by about 2 months, it is going to be ridiculously messy. Should be an interesting experience.

I will send a couple of photos that can give you a better idea of what some areas of the developing world can look like. I figured that since the majority of the photos that I’ve sent have been of positive things, I would let you all see some of the things that really blow your mind. The field of trash is very depressing and disgusting, especially when you compare it to the beautiful scenery that is behind it. I’ll also try to send you a picture of the sewage pits that are basically everywhere, especially in Bamako. Very disgusting stuff. After living here for 7 months, these things don’t really stick out to me anymore, but I do remember the first time that I saw them and couldn’t believe my eyes. After seeing some of the shocking things here that I had never before experienced, it makes me wonder how I could have grown up in a world so vastly different than the one that exists here, when it is only an 18-hour plane ride away. It also makes me think about how these problems can be corrected, if that is possible at all. I was recently read an article Newsweek that proposed that if the richest countries in the world annually

donated 0.7% of their GDP to third-world countries that world hunger and sickness could be strongly combated. I think that he proposes a strong argument, but personally believe that with all of the greed that exists in our world that this is never going to happen. So I guess we should just keep dropping bombs on Iraq that cost about the same amount as it would to feed a country of starving people. I mean, we have to keep our priorities straight right?? I’m sorry if this is turning into a bit of a rant, but when you see hungry children everyday, it does change your perception a bit.
I suppose that that is all for now. I hope that my letter finds you and your families well and healthy. Take care.
Peace and love, Matt

This is a monkey that hangs out a lot near the Peace Corps house...pretty good sized one too.

Here is a picture of me with my language professors....really friendly people and a lot of fun to hang out with

Here is a small section of sewage along the road....pretty nasty stuff

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Here is my family that I visited last weekend...truly great people and really fun kids

LAGRANGE - Jack Allan Melanson, 28, loving father, son, brother and uncle, passed away Sunday, April 17, 2005. He was born April 9, 1977, in Bangor, the son of Allan L. and Mary J. (Lavoie) Melanson. Jack attended Old Town High School. He was very close and devoted to his family and loved spending time with them especially his two sons Matthew and Tristen. He also enjoyed fishing at East Grand Lake. He is survived and will be sadly missed by his two sons, Matthew and Tristen; his parents, Allan and Mary Melanson of LaGrange; sister, Aimee McLeod and her husband, Everett, and their children, Kenzie and Kolby, all of Newburg; sister, Megan Melanson and her fiance, Michael Tardif, of Hampden; brother, Michael Melanson and his wife, Mandy, and their children, Lily and Bruce, all of Fairfield; grandparents, Norma and Leroy Melanson of Bradley, Rudolph and Virginia Lavoie of Old Town; special great-great-aunt, Edith Jones of Brookton; many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. His wife, Heather Melanson; and his dog, Tonka, also survive. At the family's request, services will be private. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may send memorial contributions to Beth Gardner State Farm Agency, 1219 Broadway, Bangor, ME 04401 where a trust fund will be set up for Jack's two children. Those who wish may visit to send a personal tribute in Jack's memory. Arrangements in the care of the Birmingham Funeral Home, 438 Main St.

The family members of Doris E. (Betty) Stanchfield would like to thank everyone who sent a card or visited with the family during our recent loss. We appreciate every gesture. Also, thank-you for the more than $200 donated to P.A.W.S. in her memory.

DERBY - A graveside memorial service for Stanley Norman and Eleanor Naomi Clark will be held noon May 19, at the Maine Veterans Cemetery, 163 Mount Vernon Road, Augusta. Call Mark at 786-8694 if directions are required.

MILO and SUN CITY CENTER, Fla. - Pauline Rogers Sherburne, 89, wife of the late Wilson A. Sherburne, passed away peacefully, April 15, 2005, in her home in Sun City Center, Fla., in the company of

her immediate family. She was born June 16, 1915, in Milo, the daughter of Frank Auril and Mary Rosie Rogers. She was predeceased by her brother, Frank H. Rogers; her sister, Mary Belle Lyon; and her daughter-in-law, Helene B. Sherburne. She is survived by her three sons, John A. and his wife, Melinda, of Lake View Plantation, and Sun City Center, Fla., Paul R. of Sun City Center, Fla., and James A. of Puffer's Pond and Sun City Center, Fla. She is also survived by seven grandchildren, Steve (Julie) Sherburne, Richard (Tammy) Sherburne, Deanna Sherburne, Beth (Tim) Russell, Megan (Brian) Sciera, Stuart (Katherine) Sherburne, and Carrie (Micah) Thurston; 11 great-grandchildren, Sasha, Whitney, Kasey, Abigail, Jamison, Helene, Ethan, Jared, Deklan, Sydney and Hallie; one great-great-granddaughter, Natalie; a sister-in-law, Gharda Graves Rogers of Brewer; several cousins, nieces and nephews. Pauline was a long-time member of and organist at the Park Street United Methodist Church in Milo, a member of the Aldworth Chapter No. 39 of the Order of the Eastern Star, and the New Idea Club. She will be remembered for her service to the community, her contributions to the development of young musicians, and for her fellowship, humor and good cheer among friends too numerous to mention individually, from both Milo and Sun City Center. Arrangements will be announced at a later date by the Lary Funeral Home, Milo. Her family requests any special remembrance in Pauline Sherburne's honor be made to the Organ Fund, Park Street United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 116, Milo, ME 04463.

Spring…glorious Spring. Everything is thawed, no one is cold and there is food everywhere for the ducks, chickens , guineas and goats. It seems so good to not have to worry about keeping water dishes thawed. Besides plenty of water for drinking, the ducks and goose have found dozens of “water-holes” to splash around in. Besides their 100-gallon water trough, they have tire-ruts, ditches and foot prints filled with water to explore and eat from. Life is good in DuckWorld!

The goats are equally happy in their new warm weather digs. If it isn’t raining I herd them from their stall into the chain-link pen for the day. With the help of Katie and Eric, and Justin Ingalls, I moved the pen and the picnic table around a stand of small gray birch. The trees serve two functions; They keep the pen in a somewhat circular shape despite Ozzie and Jack trying to push the sides down by leaning on them, and the trees are great “toys” for the destructive tendencies of the goats. When they aren’t trying to destroy the pen, Ozzie and Jack are distracted with trying to eradicate the trees. They rub their horns on the small tree trunks, butt them and nibble the bark off the trees until there is nothing left but a 3 or 4-foot tall stick. Then they use the

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shortened tree trunk for a back scratcher, all the while looking at Kirby and me in that defiant “bad-goat” way. We let them think they are getting away with something….goats need to be “baaaaad”, that’s what makes them so adorable. If they are chewing on the trees they are giving the cedar shingles on the front of the house a break.

On a kind of sad note, my precious “Coon Babies” have been set loose and are living in a shed near our camp up the Sebec River. The picture shows B.J. as she is now. There is something about her that will always have my heart, but I knew she wasn’t happy, so I guess I’ve done the right thing by setting her free. She was in dire need of finding a mate, and male raccoons don’t mature until they are two, so Taz wasn’t able to accommodate her. I haven’t seen Taz since I released them both, but every day I see B.J. She has even come up and taken food from my hand and touched my fingers in a sweet little “fiddling” ritual that coons do. I cry every time I leave her, but she was becoming so “frustrated” that entering their room was getting dangerous. I would walk by the window and see the two of them staring outside and I made the decision to free them. Katie and I packed B.J. up in a dog carrier and walked into camp. I took plenty of food and some toys and together Katie and I decided where to let B.J. go. I was worried the coons would just bolt from the carrier and not take time to get their bearings, but B.J. ambles slowly from the carrier and sniffed around. We watched her for over an hour, then decided she would be O.K., and left to get Taz. He was a little more skittish when we released him, and ran under a piece of plywood leaning against a wall. When we checked on them later in the day, Taz was still in the same spot under his “tent’, but B.J. had gone up near the roof, and has been up high everytime I’ve checked on her.

The release may have been the right thing for the raccoons, but I have been miserable. I have sobbed on many occasions and I feel such an emptiness every time I go in their room. Empty nest syndrome from having your children leave home , is nothing compared to “empty-tree” syndrome. I at least could talk on the phone to my kids whenever I needed to. The only thing that keeps me from being completely devastated is the thought that perhaps a new baby or two will need me in the near future.

P.A.W.S. has also been a busy place this spring. Arianna, the Siamese-looking cat that arrived from Junction very pregnant has had her kittens and they are sooo perfect!! The six little guys- three grey and three black-, are now a month old and are they ever sweet!! Three of them have been chosen already, and I know the others will have homes to go to when they are old enough. We make sure every kitten is over 8-weeks old before they leave, as that is the law. We actually don’t mind them staying a few extra weeks, and insist on it if we think the little guys aren’t as independent as they should be. We encourage folks to take two at a time, and that makes the first few nights away from Mama a little easier on the kittens and whole lot easier on Julie and me.

It may not seem possible, but all of us at the shelter fall deeply and totally in love with each and every animal we take care of. Even the shy fellows, who barely let us get a glimpse of them and only occasionally let us touch them, hold a huge spot in our hearts. Many times an excited volunteer will leave a note saying” I held Andy!” or “Chappy let me pet her today!”. If you aren’t an animal person these things may seem trivial, but if you love and respect living things the way Julie, Wanda, Sandy, Mary-Jean, Sam, Hannah, Michelle,Amanda, Cookie, Katie and I do, you realize the gifts these moments are.

There are so many moments that make what I do with animals so rewarding, and there are also things that others do that give Julie and me that extra boost we sometimes need. One such gesture came from far, far away, in California, from someone I’ve never met, but can’t wait until I do! The first contact I had with the Hummels was an e-mail from Mrs. Hummel that read-

Hi Valerie. My name is Lisa Hummel and I am also an animal lover. I was reading your "Up on the Farm" articles and felt compelled to contact you. I would like to make a donation but is there anything in particular you need? Food? Litter? Gift cards? Cash?

I live in San Diego. I have 3 horses, 2 pygmy goats. one turkey, 15 chickens, 4 dogs and 5 cats. I have a farm; about 9 acres for them to enjoy. I am a frequent contributor to the Escondido Humane society. Let me know how my husband and I can help. I own some property there in Milo. Torrey knows me.

Take Care
Lisa Hummel

I e-mailed her saying that the easiest thing to donate is money, as we rely completely on donations and that spaying or neutering each animal that leaves the shelter is our number one priority. We seem to get the food we need, and the litter is oftentimes paid for by donations of cans and bottles left at Three Rivers Feed. I thanked her for thinking of us, and remarked on the fact that she and I had sort of mirror images of the same animals.

As sometimes happens, a donation arrived from Lisa and her husband. It was a huge sum of money! I was curious about who Lisa was, so I tracked Torrry down and learned that the Hummels are the folks who bought various properties in town, such as the building on the corner of Elm and Main Street where the Head Shop is. What a small, wonderful world this is! Milo has a wonderful friend in the Hummels.. I can’t wait to meet them!

Well, I must be off and hike up to check on my coon babies. A mother’s work is never done.
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SATURDAY ,MAY 7, 2005 10:00 AM TO 11:00 AM
Pet owners, mark your calendar and take advantage of our Spring Clinic. Cat owners, please take special note, as State of Maine Law now requires that ALL cats be vaccinated against rabies.
In addition, please be aware that if you are no longer able to properly care for an animal, there are humane ways to deal with the problem. It is a Class D crime in Maine to abandon a pet, and anyone doing so will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Contact your Town Office for appropriate alternatives.
Also, if your pet is lost or missing, or if you find an animal, please let the Town Office personnel know.

Three Rivers Kiwanis News

Children: Priority One

The Three Rivers Kiwanis Club meets at The Restaurant each Wednesday morning at 6:30 to eat breakfast, enjoy fellowship, hear speakers on various interesting topics, and to share ideas. All are welcome to visit with us. If you would like to join our organization, please contact Dorothy Brown or any other Kiwanian for an application. We are involved in many worthwhile local projects and would be very pleased to have you participate in them.

Regular Meeting, April 20, 2005
President Murrel Harris greeted 21 members and seven guests this morning.

The flag salute was led by Eben DeWitt. Herb Dunham requested prayers for the military, for the new Pope and for the several people from our town who have suffered illnesses and bereavements. The inspirational reading was by Don Harris, titled Reflections by Charles Swindoll from the Finishing Touch.
President Murrel welcomed guests Bill Sawtell, two Key Club members, Amber Benoit and Kylie Palmer, along with an interclub of four Kiwanis members from Orono/Old Town.

Correspondence today was the Orono/Old Town Newsletter that was shared by club members.

Birthday greetings this week to Janet Richards on April 24th.

Fifteen Happy and Sad Dollars were donated this week. Several happy dollars because we are pleased to see Ethelyn feeling better. A happy dollar as Joe B. was glad to make a meeting, happy to get gas for 2.09 a gallon, happy to see wonderful spring days and being on the downward slope, for completion of the Brownville history contest, several dollars for the wonderful work being done on the gazebo project, a happy dollars for the blooming daffodils, a thank you for the flowers she received and a happy cooking dollar and a sad dollar for George Steinbrenner.

Chris Almy reported on an interclub to Dexter last Friday morning with five Kiwanians attending this interclub, Chris, Jan and George Barton and Don, Dot Brown-Harris.

Murrel reported that the rehearsals for the Variety Show are continuing. The Variety Show will be held on Friday, May 6th and Saturday May 7th.

Joe Zamboni reported that the auction preparations continue. Space is now available at the Dorman’s farm and items have been picked up already for the auction in June. Nancy is preparing a letter for area merchants as Kiwanis members seek items that will be auctioned in June. The auction is the yearly major fund raising project for the Three Rivers Kiwanis of Milo/ Brownville.

Joe Zamboni also reported on the Gazebo project. Shingling should be completed at the end of the week. Copper will be placed on the roof of the cupola; Dave Preble will assist with placement of the cupola after placement of the copper. Joe Z. will speak with members of the American Legion # 41 in Milo as they plan to assist with placement of the railings. Several members have volunteered to paint, inside rafters to have a polyurethane coating. The ladies of the Milo Garden Club are looking forward to placing an array of lovely spring flowers. Joe said that the hope is that all will be completed in time for a dedication over the Memorial Day week-end, with a barbeque after the dedication.

Trish Hayes reported on The Key Club activities. Nine Key Club members, their advisors, and two friends went to Bangor on Sunday for the Walk for Autism. All were given T Shirts as they raised money and awareness for this very important cause. Over two hundred people walked in this event. After the walk all went to Subway for lunch. Congratulations to those who participated in any way! Kylie Palmer, President of PVHS Key Club discussed a game of kick ball, Key Club vs. Kiwanians, for a date yet to be announced!

Val Robertson advised that Wednesday, April 27th, will be Kids Korner at the Milo Public Library at 3 PM. She has requested assistance from the Key Club members as there is usually quite a turn out for the Kids Korner.

Chris Almy introduced our speaker today, Jason Brochu from Pleasant River Lumber in Dover-Foxcroft. All present enjoyed the talk that was presented by Jason. The Pleasant River Lumber Company was purchased about a year ago by his family. They have had previous experience as the Stratton Lumber Company. The lumber the mill produces goes all over the Northeast, even as far away as Florida. In the past, the previous owners of this mill have sent lumber as far away as Canada to finish. With the change in the new owner’s operations they are now able to provide this service here at the Dover-Foxcroft mill. There are jobs for 92 people at this mill, with fourteen of those jobs to people from the Milo/Brownville area. Workers here are wonderful workers. There is a different mind-set, a different culture with area workers as opposed to Canadian workers. It is difficult to try to run a mill from two hundred miles away, as had been done in the past.

Since the purchase of this mill, a new office has been built and the scales have been moved, creating a much safer environment. Eleven trucks can now wait at the scales, whereas previously, several trucks could be seen waiting on the highway to get onto the scales.

They have upgraded the edger, and, in their almost first year of operations have produced eighty million feet of board lumber. The goal is to have 100 million feet by next year.

There are plans to build, from the ground up, a new lumber mill in the Lincoln-Bangor corridor, employing even more workers, by the fall of 2006, with 50-70 people on one shift, and their hope is to make it 90-100 workers. The trees come from a mostly 50 mile radius. Jason said that they will not be running out of trees in their lifetime. Trees are a renewable source by the growers. It takes about 30-40 years to produce a good stand of trees. Ninety-nine percent of the lumber is sold to wholesalers, such as 84 Lumber, and Jason advises that they do not want to sell to retailers.

The Kiwanis members thanked Jason for a very informative and interesting talk today.

The speakers for April 27th are Jim Macomber and Merlene Sanborn.
Respectfully submitted, Dorothy Brown, secretary
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A former TRC resident has asked that we help find out who our soldiers are that are serving in Iraq, or any of the other conflicts in the world.
There are many, and we would like to honor them. And we would also like to know who, from our Three Rivers area, are in military service stationed anywhere.
If you have information that you are willing to share please CLICK HERE , and put the info on our Service Message Board.

I have noticed over the few years I’ve been running this organization that most people in town don’t know about us. The majority of our visitors are people from outside our area either looking to keep in touch with their hometown, or looking to move here.
We would like to get the word out about our site, and get the online members of our community to come and participate. We have a beautiful message board for people to keep in touch, or just to discuss local issues.
If you’ve never checked out our site before, and you have a computer, you really should stop by! Tell your friends, and have them tell their friends! Help us to get the word out.

TRC is now offering emails! For a donation of $30, you can get your very own email! If you are interested, see our website, or contact Seth.



The Three Rivers Community Alliance is a not-for-profit organization run entirely by volunteers from the communities it represents. TRC is not part of Kiwanis, but is its own organization. For more information, or to volunteer, contact Seth Barden at, or 943-2425.
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